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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 42

September 22nd, 2011

Motorists Warned about Telephone Fraud
National Coalition for Safer Roads, Sept. 21, 2011

Identity thieves are making telephone calls to people and claiming they have unpaid red-light camera tickets, according to media reports. These calls are from harmful predators. The National Coalition for Safer Roads offers these following tips to help protect people.

City Will Not Forward Signature Petition Against Cameras
Redmond Patch (Washington), Sept. 21, 2011

The city of Redmond will not forward to King County a petition that was handed in last week calling for a vote on the city’s red-light camera pilot program.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Prevent Crashes, Says Police Chief
Houston Chronicle, Sept. 20, 2011

While the city of Houston has reversed direction several times on its red-light camera program due to legal challenges, in nearby Jersey Village a similar program is seen as effective traffic enforcement by the police chief.

Arrest Made in Red-Light Running Pedestrian Fatality
Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Sept. 20, 2011

A man charged with driving a car that struck and killed two teenagers in June, then speeding away without stopping, turned himself in to police Tuesday and was ordered held without bail. See previous coverage.

Fatal Crash Pushes Town Toward Red-Light Safety Cameras
WLNE-TV Channel 6 (Rhode Island) Sept. 19, 2011

Charlestown’s police chief says state officials are considering the town’s request to install red-light safety cameras along Route 1 in an effort to make the road safer.

Camera Footage Will Help Police Understand Events of Fatality
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), Sept. 19, 2011

An Elmore County drive-by shooting that wounded a Holtville man appears to have led to the death of his girlfriend, who died in a collision on her way to the hospi­tal after he’d been shot.

San Bernardino Votes to Keep, Upgrade Cameras
Press Enterprise (California), Sept. 19, 2011

Instead of paying to end its contract, San Bernardino decided to continue its red-light safety camera program by eliminating camera assignments at some intersections, adding new ones and upgrading the technology at other locations.

City Safety Plan Seeks to Save Lives, Prevent Crashes
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Sept. 16, 2011

Traffic safety officials hope a new plan to reduce mayhem on Edmonton streets will save more than a dozen lives and prevent 100 serious crashes over the next five years. (Edmonton Journal photo by Ed Kaiser)

Mesa’s Road Safety Camera Program Renewal Backed
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 16, 2011

Credited at least in part with a dramatic reduction of collisions, Mesa’s road safety camera program appears headed for a two-year contract extension.

Redmond Patch photo by Caitlin Moran

Speed Compliance Cameras Slow School Zone Traffic, Study Shows
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), Sept. 21, 2011

An analysis released by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) says that speed violations decreased 57.9 percent in the Panther Lake Elementary School zone in Federal Way during the first five months that photo enforcement cameras were in place in 2011.

Most Speed Violators at Meadowdale High are Out-of-Towners
Edmonds Patch (Washington), Sept. 21, 2011

Automated traffic safety cameras used to identify speeding vehicles in school zones have dramatically reduced the number of violations at Meadowdale High School during hours when children are present. See related coverage in RentonPatch. (Edmonds Patch photo by Wikipedia)

Speed Violations Fall 20%, 46% and 78% at Schools
Issaquah Reporter (Washington), Sept. 20, 2011

Speed cameras have gotten people to slow down their driving, … according to an analysis released by the company running the cameras.

ATS Receives Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards
American Traffic Solutions, Sept. 21, 2011

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that once again it has been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as both one of the largest and fastest growing privately held companies in Arizona.

@ATS_RoadSafety I uploaded a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/AQtLAer2IfQ?a video Aventura near miss.

Commentary: Get a Closer Look at Red-Light Cameras
Poughkeepsie Journal (New York), Sept. 17, 2011

Last month I wrote an article about red-light camera systems used in New York City and on Long Island. Shortly after, I was contacted by American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona firm that manufactures the equipment. Here’s how the conversation went.

Commentary: It’s a Fact. Road Safety Cameras Cut Crashes
Kitsap Sun (Washington), Sept. 15, 2011

If you’ll accept data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, there’s no question about the efficacy of the cameras to decrease collisions and fatalities. That leaves only one significant issue left, it seems, whether use of the cameras should be decided by the voters.

Letter to the Editor: Save the Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Californian, Sept. 20, 2011

You are stopped at a red light, waiting for the left-turn traffic to come to a halt. However, when your light turns green, one, two, three and maybe four additional vehicles continue to make the left turn through their red light. This is not once in a while, it happens almost at every intersection and every day.

Letter to the Editor: Have We Lost All Sense of Right and Wrong?
The Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 17, 2011

This ongoing controversy over red-light cameras exemplifies one of the things that is seriously wrong in this country — this mentality that the rules apply to others and not to me.

“It’s a very cost-effective (way to patrol the area) rather than stationing an officer out there at $30 bucks an hour. They never sleep and they never need a break. It’s an important tool because there are some places we can’t position our police vehicles correctly (for proper patrol) without putting someone in danger.”
Eric Foerster, Jersey Village police chief
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Sept. 20, 2011

Collisions decreased 52 percent, from 179 to 86, at major intersections in Jersey Village between Jan. 1, 2007 through June 27, 2008 and July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Sept. 20, 2011.

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